17/11/2013

SOTD 17/11/2013


Where did the last 6 days go? Into my sink … that's where … whisked off by a Feather in an R41!

Oh, my goodness me, the R41 is one beautiful razor!

I last shaved six nights ago and that evening my cat patted me. He's a seven month old kitten, already four kilos and now over 3 feet long! He's mostly Maine Coon and that size of cat as that age of kitten is one interesting combination. The following day, an area of my top lip puffed up and by the evening, face pain and feeling pretty grim. TCP to the rescue, all cleaned out and a couple of days later the swelling went down.

I left it until it was all healed up …

… which gave me plenty of time to grow a meadow for the R41. Not so much a razor, more a combine harvester!

With a run once Feather strapped in, I placed a great deal of attention to the angle, the pressure, the direction and the tautness of skin, and it paid off.

Wow! VGS! Very good shave in one WTG pass. I am impressed! I previously used the Feather in a Merkur 37C Slant HD, which was very nice, but I felt that razor played better with a Silent Soviet Assassin, like the Sputnik I tried that razor with first. The Feather found its place in the R41.

Splitting the 37C and the R41, I'd say the 37C could be a fantastic daily razor, sweeping away both minimal and days of growth in that one pass - just that one pass would make a great daily shave. The R41 seemed to need more careful handling and certainly handled days of growth without even blinking.

I must try a daily shave with it to compare, but initial impressions are extremely positive … and I meant to start this post with 'Best Shave Yet' … which it was.

Routine

Hot Rinse
Nuage Men PSO
Ingram's Shaving Cream
Pure Badger Brush
Muhle R41 templ8 Fencing Handle
Feather Hi-Stainless [2]
Hot Rinse
Cold Rinse
Witch Hazel/Olbas Oil Tonic
Brut Aftershave Lotion

Technique

Three Pass - very disciplined WTG, XTG & ATG
No polishing necessary

Impression

What else can I say?

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